The Security Industry Association (SIA) and the National Capital Region Security Forum (NCRSF) have announced that NCRSF will become part of SIA in 2022. SIA is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with over 1,100 innovative member companies representing thousands of security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry. NCRSF (formerly the Northern Virginia Security Forum) is a community of security professionals and those associated with the industry who connect monthly to network and share leads and ideas.
NCRSF’s mission is to address issues facing the security industry in the federal market space. Founded in 2007 to bring together people in federal government and the D.C. security community, the organization serves a diverse set of companies, from Fortune 100 firms to many small and medium-sized businesses, and more than 1,000 security and government professionals throughout the United States. NCRSF works to foster a more robust discussion between the security needs of the federal government and the industry solutions available to them. The group has been led by Dan Connole, founder and president; Wayne Esser, vice president; and Dhira Bluestone, director of marketing and communications.
“Since its inception, the NCRSF has been relied upon by hundreds of industry professionals as a unique platform for networking within the federal market and as a reliable source of information about government procurement opportunities,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “SIA is honored to assume management of the NCRSF with the same unwavering level of commitment to our industry that has been demonstrated by Dan, Wayne and Dhira while also increasing the value of the Forum in the years ahead through expanded programs.”
“SIA and NCRSF have a cooperative alliance to promote the security industry and work together to make the world safer. The organizations have partnered to co-host networking events in the Washington, D.C., area and held events for security industry and government professionals in conjunction with SIA GovSummit, the nation’s premier conference connecting government, security and technology. It is an obvious next step to merge the NCRSF into SIA where the organization can evolve to the next level,” said NCRSF President Dan Connole.
NCRSF serves as an advocacy group for the security industry in the D.C. area within the federal marketplace, promotes proactive communication between the security industry and the federal end user community, provides a forum for the industry to collaborate and more effectively execute business opportunities and works closely with SIA to support its initiatives in and around the federal marketplace.
NCRSF’s key programs include:
- Monthly evening networking events for security industry professionals held in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area on the third Thursday of every month. These events are free to attend thanks to the support of industry sponsors.
- A quarterly breakfast series in which NCRSF members and public-sector end users can discuss security needs and challenges.
- An annual charity golf outing benefiting the Kennedy Krieger Institute Rehabilitation Center for Traumatic Brain Injuries.
The first NCRSF networking event of 2022 will be held on Thursday, Jan. 20, in northern Virginia. The 2022 charity golf outing is tentatively scheduled for Monday, Oct. 3. All security professionals in industry and government are invited to attend these events, which will follow NCRSF health and safety guidelines.